Jets Grounded by Changing Winds: Hot off the Griddle

Good afternoon, and welcome back to the Griddle, a menu of fortified items for the busy person's media diet. Thank an unusually powerful jet stream for unseasonably warm U.S. weather. It's whipping across North America and blocking typical bouts of Arctic bluster. Another thing affected by the jet stream? Jets. United Continental's westbound transatlantic flights were forced to make almost four times the typical number of unscheduled fuel stops in December. Bryan Walsh at Time wonders "Is It Climate Change?" or is the jet stream just one more wacky weather pattern in a year that pushed the limits of wacky. The two things cannot be separated; climate change is part of the world in which we live. Heat- trapping atmospheric gases are at record levels and rising. There have been 48 record highs in New York City's Central Park since 1996 compared with just one record low, Walsh says, and climate scientists forecast more wacky winters to come.

And now the news:

Solar Lifts Clean Energy Investment to Record $260B (Bloomberg) 
China Considers Carbon Tax, Official Says on U.S. Trip (AFP) 
States Using Little- Known Fund to Jump-Start Clean Economy (Inside Climate News) 
Keystone Pipeline Backers Press Obama for Decision Within Weeks (Bloomberg)
The Business Case for Reading Novels (Harvard Business Review)
Vestas Cuts 2,335 Wind Jobs with More at Risk in U.S. (Bloomberg)
Greenhouse Gas Wars Set to Resume in Texas (Texas Tribune)
China's Renewables Surge Outpaced by Growth in Coal (Guardian)
Canadian Maples (and Syrup) Threatened by Climate Change, Beetles (Toronto Star)
EPA Hopes Disclosure Leads to Greenhouse Gas Reductions (Center for Public Integrity)

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